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Korean Fried Chicken

Hey fellow hounds - long-time lurker, first-time poster here. I'm on a quest for Korean Fried Chicken, the kind that was mentioned in last week's New York Times article (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/07/din... ). What I had in Chicago last week was a little bit spicy, a little bit sweet, moist and crunchy - just like the article says.

Anyone know if Korean fried chicken has made it to Seattle yet?

The Dak Kalbi at Old Village Korean Restaurant in Shoreline was excellent, but not quite what I'm looking for.

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  1. I asked a Korean friend and here is his reply:

    There are actually a few places that have this but only the whole chicken kind as far as I’m aware of. It’s called Tong Daak. There’s actually a place in Pioneer Square called Imo’s on 1st (old Bonzai’s) that serves it. Try their nachos if you go there. I know it’s kind of weird ordering nachos at an Asian restaurant but trust me it’s good.

    1. A note on Imo's...the Tong Daak or roasted chicken is actually a cornish game hen. It does come with the traditional side of pickled white radishes. I also read that NY Times article and the only place that I've come across is in Federal Way. If you head South on Pacific Highway around 1 mile south of 320th Street...I forget the exact address..but on the left side you'll pass Federal Way Discount Guns...then a tiny car dealership and the very next plaza you will find a little place within the plaza a small Korean beer and chicken restaurant. There you will find the marinated chicken and fried chicken as mentioned in the article. Even the name escapes me...I think it was like Hana or something? Maybe cockatoo's? It's been a few years, but that's the only one I'm familar with.

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      1. re: MightyMac

        That's a fantastic tip. Thanks, MightyMac! Discount guns and Korean chicken...sounds like a road trip in the making.

        1. re: MightyMac

          I've heard that cornish game hen is actually just a term for a small chicken, anyone able to verify?

          1. re: bergeo

            http://www.ams.usda.gov/poultry/pdfs/...

            Rock Cornish game hen or Cornish game hen.

            A Rock Cornish game hen or Cornish game hen is a young immature chicken (usually 5 to 6 weeks of age), weighing not more than 2 pounds ready-to-cook weight, which was prepared from a Cornish chicken or the progeny of a Cornish chicken crossed with another breed of chicken.

        2. Bergeo, A cornish game hen is a separate bird and truely originates from a game hen. A "poisson" is a baby chicken. Poissons are available at Metropolitan Markets and, in my belief, cook and taste better than game hens. They are amazingly tender and take well to spices.

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          1. re: Glassman

            Do you mean "poussin?" "Poisson" is the word for "fish" in French. In any case, I didn't know that they sold poultry with any other names but "cornish game hen," or "young chicken," etc...

            (sorry - I just had to be sure, because if the term is indeed "poisson," that's a really peculiar use of it!)

          2. I like "yangnyum" chicken in cockatoo's chicken restaurant in Federal Way and it is really good. You might like it. They have different levels of spicy flavor also whole chicken as well. The address is 33130 Pacific Hwy S. Federal Way, WA 98003. It also is a good drinking place.

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            1. re: lilbib

              lilbib,
              Can you describe it further. Can you get it dry with the sauce on the side or does it come pre-slathered only?

              1. re: kirkj

                Here is a link to a review of 4 Korean chicken places in Federal Way and Lakewood, including Cockatoo, mentioned above. I'm surprised it took me this long to find it. http://www.thenewstribune.com/ae/rest...

                1. re: equinoise

                  Thanks for this great public service!

              1. re: JayDK

                There are a number of places you can get it now. I love Chicky Pub, in Lynnwood.

                  1. re: christy319

                    Chicky Pub is good. It's in the food court of a big Asian supermarket. The building is hard to find. Look for Bank of America and Value Village. The supermarket is at the back of the property.

                    The Chicky Pub shop is often closed. Not a problem. Ask for fried chicken at Cho Dang Tofu, the same food court, adjacent shop. It's the same good chicken at either place.

                    1. re: val ann c

                      And I read the store--Paldo World--has actually gone out of business. But, the food court is still operational.

                  2. re: JayDK

                    My fav is Cockatoos down in federal way, but BBQ Chicken on the Ave can also hit the spot if u wanna stay more local. (BBQ stands for Best of the Best Quality, not barbeque.)

                  3. Anyone tried the fried chicken at Stone Korean in Redmond, the place that was reviewed in today's Seattle Times?
                    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html...

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                    1. re: christy319

                      Tried it tonight after reading the article (thanks for the link). They were out of chicken, of course -- they didn't know about the article at first and couldn't figure out why they were suddenly slammed and everyone wanted the chicken.

                      But they did have the wings, which they said were the same. Crispy outside with a good cayenne kick in the breading, and screechingly hot and juicy inside -- and they stayed that way on the 20-minute ride home (those that made it the whole trip; I may have eaten a few on the way).

                      Interestingly, they *are* the Chicky Pub people. The wings even came in Chicky Pub boxes and bags. They decided to expand into a real restaurant in Redmond because it seemed like an unexplored territory, according to the very industrious (and shockingly young) guy behind the counter, who appeared to be an owner.

                      Despite being slammed, gorgeous-looking food was flying out of the kitchen at 9 pm -- the place was still packed. We'll be back to try the rest of the menu for sure.

                    2. Be forewarned that several (all?) of the Federal Way chicken spots are not open before 5 PM. I learned the hard way this past weekend, when I stopped by Cockatoo's, Hanmaum and Chicky Pub on an afternoon and found them each closed. And now I wished I would have read the tip from val ann c re: the work-around at Cho Dang Tofu. And Paldo World market appears open for business in full.